• 2 December 2003

Asbestos: Duty to Manage Special Report Launched

The Workplacelaw Network has published a new Special Report on the management of asbestos in the workplace. All UK companies have to compile an asbestos management plan for all of their commercial buildings before new legislation comes into effect on 21 May 2004.

The Asbestos: Duty to Manage Special Report version 1.0 (ISBN 1-90064871-7, £99.00) includes essential guidance on legislation and best practice as well as advice on how to confidently put in place effective plans and procedures. The Workplacelaw Network and the Editors – Kathryn Gilbertson and John Richards – have continued in their tradition of tackling complex issues with a plain-English, jargon-free approach.

The 100-page Special Report is an invaluable, authoritative reference text and includes over 20 pages of appendices and case reports to help workplace managers get to grips with new asbestos regulations.

John Richards, Technical Director at Thames Laboratories, commented:

"This Special Report brings together some of the leading experts in the field of asbestos management, and covers a great deal of new ground on diverse aspects of the duty to manage. By following guidelines set out in this Special Report workplace managers will be able to confidently put in place effective plans and procedures and avoid the financial risk implications of failing to comply with new legislation."

The Asbestos: Duty to Manage Special Report version 1.0 is available in the Workplacelaw Network Online shop at: or by calling our sales hotline on 0870 777 8881 (9am-5pm, weekdays). Alternatively, e-mail A 10% discount is available to members of the Workplacelaw Network, BIFM, RIBA or RICS. Please quote ref. 1520 when ordering.

Further information is available from Ben Daft on 0870 777 8881.


Notes for Editors

The need for an Asbestos: Duty to Manage Special Report

  • Companies are required to comply with new legislation by 21 May 2004.

What the Special Report covers

  • The Report is designed to clarify any confusion created by the new legislation. It will assist workplace managers in assessing what practical changes and methods they will need to introduce in their organisations. Advice is given to help minimize financial risk
  • 100-page Special Report including over 20 pages of appendices and case reports
  • Appendix A – Case Report: Fairchild-v-Glenhaven
  • Appendix B – Case Report: T&N Limited-v-Royal Sun Alliance plc
  • Appendix C – Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002
  • Appendix D – Sources of Further Information
  • Index
About the Workplacelaw Network

The Workplacelaw Network supplies legal support and information to over 36,000 UK managers and employers, including property, HR and health and safety managers. See for more information. Press contact: Ben Daft, 0870 777 8881,

About the Editors

Kathryn Gilbertson is a Partner and heads up the Corporate Safety Group at law firm Dechert, advising leading companies on all aspects of regulatory law. John Richards is the Technical Director at Thames Laboratories and has been involved in the technical side of the asbestos management industry for 20 years.